Giuliani meets with fired Ukrainian prosecutor who pushed Biden, 2016 claims: report

President TrumpDonald John TrumpDavis: Supreme Court decision is bad news for Trump, good news for Vance Meadows trying to root out suspected White House leakers by feeding them info: Axios Pressley hits DeVos over reopening schools: 'I wouldn't trust you to care for a house plant let alone my child' MORE's personal lawyer Rudy GiulianiRudy GiulianiDavis: Supreme Court decision is bad news for Trump, good news for Vance Sunday shows preview: Coronavirus poses questions about school safety; Trump commutes Roger Stone sentence Nadler: Barr dealings with Berman came 'awfully close to bribery' MORE met this week with a former Ukrainian prosecutor who made claims about former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenDavis: Supreme Court decision is bad news for Trump, good news for Vance Teachers face off against Trump on school reopenings Biden wins Puerto Rico primary MORE and the 2016 election that are now central to the House's impeachment inquiry, The New York Times reported Wednesday. 

The Times, citing people familiar with the meeting, reported that Giuliani met in Budapest on Tuesday with former Ukrainian prosecutor Yuriy Lutsenko, who has made claims about an energy company where Biden's son Hunter Biden sat on the board. 

Giuliani also reportedly met Wednesday in Kyiv with other former Ukrainian prosecutors including Viktor Shokin and Kostiantyn H. Kulyk.

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The former prosecutors have played a role in pushing damaging claims about Biden, a former U.S. ambassador to Ukraine and Ukrainians who spread unflattering information about former Trump campaign chairman Paul ManafortPaul John ManafortThe Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - Trump turns to immigration; primary day delays expected GOP votes to give Graham broad subpoena power in Obama-era probe Will the 'law and order' president pardon Roger Stone? MORE, according to The Times. 

The newspaper reported that Giuliani is using the trip to prepare episodes of a documentary series for conservative TV outlet One America News.  

Giuliani said in a Tuesday tweet that he was "working on an important project" with OAN that is meant to bring people information that has been "covered up" in the House's impeachment proceedings into Trump. 

On Thursday, Giuliani met with independent Ukraine lawmaker Andriy Derkach, who posted a picture with the former New York mayor on Facebook, The Washington Post reported.

“Rudolph Giuliani has arrived in Kyiv,” Derkach said in his post. “We met up immediately to discuss the establishment of the Friends of Ukraine STOP Corruption interparliamentary group.”

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Formerly a member of a pro-Russian party in Ukraine’s parliament, Derkach reportedly said that he wrote letters earlier in the week to Sen. Lindsey GrahamLindsey Olin GrahamGraham says he will call Mueller to testify before Senate panel about Russia probe Romney blasts Trump's Stone commutation: 'Historic corruption' Lincoln Project offers list of GOP senators who 'protect' Trump in new ad MORE (R-S.C.), Rep. Devin NunesDevin Gerald NunesSunday shows preview: Coronavirus poses questions about school safety; Trump commutes Roger Stone sentence How conservative conspiracy theories are deepening America's political divide Lawmaker-linked businesses received PPP loans MORE (R-Calif.) and White House acting chief of staff Mick MulvaneyMick MulvaneyOVERNIGHT ENERGY: WH pushed for 'correction' to Weather Service tweet contradicting Trump in 'Sharpiegate' incident, watchdog says | Supreme Court rules that large swath of Oklahoma belongs to Native American tribe WH pushed for 'correction' to Weather Service tweet contradicting Trump in 'Sharpiegate' incident, watchdog says  Mulvaney: Trump faces difficulty if 2020 election becomes 'referendum' on him MORE, asking for their participation.

Derkach told the Post that he believes that their involvement would help expose the misuse of U.S. aid by Ukrainian officials.

“We sent our proposal. We’re waiting for a reaction, an answer,” Derkach said.

“We’re waiting to see how much this is something that the congressmen and senators are in need of. If they want to work together, we’re ready,” he added.

Derkach also said that he gave Giuliani documents regarding allegations relating to the inefficient use of U.S. money on projects in Ukraine, but that the documents didn’t mention the Bidens.

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However, according to the Post, Derkach previously led calls to investigate the Bidens and supposed Ukrainian interference in the 2016 election, theories that have been thoroughly debunked by analysts.

Trump's and Giuliani's dealings with Ukraine have come under scrutiny as part of the House's impeachment hearing. On Wednesday, constitutional scholars testified before the House Judiciary Committee as part of the impeachment probe. 

Trump and Giuliani have denied wrongdoing. 

This story was updated at 11:59 on Dec. 6. 

Marty Johnson contributed.